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Lars Rank Making daily living a little bit more beautiful

A part of life is about surrounding yourself with people you like. That said, sometimes small things make daily living a tad richer. We met Lars Rank, a ceramic artist from the Christianshavn district in Copenhagen. His mission? To create beautiful, useful items for ordinary life.
We entered Rank’s tiny Wildersgade studio from a small cobbled street. A sleepy dog acknowledged us while lying in the sunshine on the staircase just inside the door. Farther in, Rank was preparing clay molds.
One small desk and shelves stocked with beautiful, handcrafted ceramics greeted us as we entered the first room. This part is the shop, and a second room to the left constitute a working space, i.e., Rank’s studio. A big ceramic kiln and working table takes up most of the floor space. Molds and projects in the making cover the walls. Here, Rank creates his significant, easily recognizable pieces of everyday objects.
For more than 25 years, Rank has been making daily life a bit more beautiful. He became interested in ceramics in his early 20s and studied at the Jutland Academy of Fine Arts. There he made everything from paintings to videos, photos, and art installations.
“You could say that I took the long road. And when my education ended, I returned to ceramics with a lot more experience and knowledge. Since then, I clung to my craft and explored endless opportunities with clay and ceramics.”

The works on surrounding walls clearly reflect Rank’s identity and style. Shapes that recur in various objects and clean lines that give the eyes a rest.

“I have a rather minimalistic style whereby simplicity of shape provides space for experimenting with varying textures in glaze and colors. I love colors, and I love the feeling that various surfaces can give you. I also like the simplicity of the shapes that makes objects usable in everyday life. I like to make functional things that are meant to be used. I use slip casting, whereby I pour liquid clay into molds. Different molds can be easily put together to create new, varying shapes.”
“I find inspiration in everyday life. I see things. Use a color here. A shape there. I borrow from other objects. But in my head, I turn them around, take away detail, and change proportions.I’m always on the lookout to give objects better functionality.”
We totally agreed as we held the characteristic handmade cups with different-sized circles in our hands. The stacking technique yields a clean look with clear functionality and sober design that will stand the test of time – just as the quality of the material. Things that become more beautiful the more you use them. And we were curious about where Rank finds inspiration for his objects and how things develop in the studio.
“I find inspiration in everyday life. I see things. Use a color here. A shape there. I borrow from other objects. But in my head, I turn them around, take away detail, and change proportions. I’m always on the lookout to give objects better functionality. Sketching starts either by hand or computer. Then I create a mother mold that will be the prototype for a new object.”

“Sometimes a production accident creates an interesting alteration to an object and that may lead me into new ideas and new designs. In fact, many new ideas emerge from daily studio operations.”

Special collection:NN07 by Lars Rank

Impressed by the objects’ beauty and his craftsmanship, he makes all his ceramics by hand, all by himself - we sought out an opportunity to create something together. Lucky for us, he was able to make room in his tight schedule for a small 7 piece collaborative collection - the NN07 by Lars Rank collection, made with our classic navy and khaki colorway. All dishwasher proof, of course.

Lars Rank — Making daily living a little bit more beautiful

A part of life is about surrounding yourself with people you like.
That said, sometimes small things make daily living a tad richer.
Like drinking coffee from a favorite cup; serving dinner on beautiful
plates; and putting flowers in a beautiful vase. We met Lars Rank,
a ceramic artist from the Christianshavn district in Copenhagen.
His mission? To create beautiful, useful items for ordinary life.
We entered Rank’s tiny Wildersgade studio from a small cobbled street. A sleepy dog acknowledged us while lying in the sunshine on the staircase just inside the door. Farther in, Rank was preparing clay molds.
One small desk and shelves stocked with beautiful, handcrafted ceramics greeted us as we entered the first room. This part is the shop, and a second room to the left constitute a working space, i.e., Rank’s studio. A big ceramic kiln and working table takes up most of the floor space. Molds and projects in the making cover the walls. Here, Rank creates his significant, easily recognizable pieces of everyday objects.

For more than 25 years, Rank has been making daily life a bit more beautiful. He became interested in ceramics in his early 20s and studied at the Jutland Academy of Fine Arts. There he made everything from paintings to videos, photos, and art installations.
“You could say that I took the long road. And when my education ended, I returned to ceramics with a lot more experience and knowledge. Since then, I clung to my craft and explored endless opportunities with clay and ceramics.”

The works on surrounding walls clearly reflect Rank’s identity and style. Shapes that recur in various objects and clean lines that give the eyes a rest.

“I have a rather minimalistic style whereby simplicity of shape provides space for experimenting with varying textures in glaze and colors. I love colors, and I love the feeling that various surfaces can give you. I also like the simplicity of the shapes that makes objects usable in everyday life. I like to make functional things that are meant to be used. I use slip casting, whereby I pour liquid clay into molds. Different molds can be easily put together to create new, varying shapes.”
“I find inspiration in everyday life. I see things. Use a color here. A shape there. I borrow from other objects. But in my head, I turn them around, take away detail, and change proportions. I’m always on the lookout to give objects better functionality.”
We totally agreed as we held the characteristic handmade cups with different-sized circles in our hands. The stacking technique yields a clean look with clear functionality and sober design that will stand the test of time – just as the quality of the material. Things that become more beautiful the more you use them. And we were curious about where Rank finds inspiration for his objects and how things develop in the studio.

“I find inspiration in everyday life. I see things. Use a color here. A shape there. I borrow from other objects. But in my head, I turn them around, take away detail, and change proportions. I’m always on the lookout to give objects better functionality. Sketching starts either by hand or computer. Then I create a mother mold that will be the prototype for a new object.”

“Sometimes a production accident creates an interesting alteration to an object and that may lead me into new ideas and new designs. In fact, many new ideas emerge from daily studio operations.”

Special collection: NN07 by Lars Rank

Impressed by the objects’ beauty and his craftsmanship, he makes all his ceramics by hand, all by himself - we sought out an opportunity to create something together. Lucky for us, he was able to make room in his tight schedule for a small 7 piece collaborative collection - the NN07 by Lars Rank collection, made with our classic navy and khaki colorway. All dishwasher proof, of course.
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